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All-American Weekend: A time for Eagles to Reconnect

American University News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 00:00
American University adds exciting new events to annual celebration of alumni, parents, and students
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From Undocumented Immigrant to American University Graduate

American University News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 00:00
Enrique “Ernesto” Benavides, SIS/BA ‘15, came to the United States illegally when he was 14 years old. Now a legal permanent resident, he recounted his story in a term paper for a course with Professor Elizabeth Cohn.
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Announcing the 2015 AU Alumni Award Winners

American University News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 00:00
American University announces its 2015 Alumni Award winners.
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Making our Menu Accessible

The George Washington University - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 14:08
August 11, 2015Christian Aldridge, Web Developer for GW Libraries

One of the remaining challenges to accessibility in the GW LIbraries website (library.gwu.edu) was its main menu.

We use a ‘hover’ style menu that expands when you hover over the categories, providing an easy and commonly used navigation tool. It works well on desktops and laptops but faces a few challenges in smaller windows and devices (and one popular mobile operating system).

More importantly it wasn’t ‘keyboard accessible’: it required a mouse/trackpad or touchscreen to operate, leaving users who rely on keyboard navigation in the dark.

The Accessible Mega Menu

Our solution was to rebuild the menu with Adobe’s Accessible Mega Menu jQuery library: https://adobe-accessibility.github.io/Accessible-Mega-Menu

It offered the simplest and most straightforward approach to keyboard and screen reader accessibility along with a well supported jQuery library.

But it's not responsive, and we had to customize the css and add some javascript to adjust it to our “mobile” view.

Designing for Mobile

Our menu collapses into buttons on the smallest screens (like phones) and each button becomes a link to the main categories. The new javascript-based code from Adobe dynamically inserts css classes, which we can override in our style sheet as needed (using media queries to target smaller screens).

But not all touch devices are the same. Apple devices running iOS treat hover behavior differently: when you tap something that has a hover behavior, it toggles that behavior, and most of the time ignores any other behaviors (like links). So when our menu transformed to buttons in handheld devices, you could tap the button a thousand times and nothing would happen on an iPhone. For iOS to let you follow the link we had to remove any "child items" in the menu structure: when our menu changes to buttons we're actually just hiding the rest of the structure with css. For iOS devices we're using javascript to rewrite the output and actually remove the hidden structure.

Checking for iOS devices with jQuery:
if ($(window).width() <= 640 && navigator.userAgent.match(/(iPod|iPhone|iPad)/))

This non-standard hover behavior helped us improve our design for all touch devices. In our fullscreen menu we now check for touch (using modernizr: http://modernizr.com) and add a main category link in each of our sub-menus when touch is detected.

Checking for Touchscreens with CSS (and Modernizr):
html.touch .touch-show-nav {display: block;}

Testing for Accessibility

We now run regular audits on our site designs using Google’s Accessibility Developer Tools (a free extension for Chrome: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/accessibility-developer-t/fpkknkljclfencbdbgkenhalefipecmb). A lot of results have to be manually checked -- machine audits can only guess the context of potential issues -- but this gives us a baseline to help keep our sites accessible.

Adding an Accessibility Link

Lastly, we created a simple page on the main website (https://library.gwu.edu/accessibility) with a statement about our accessibility standards. We added a link to it in the footer, which we’ll be adding gradually to all of our web tools. This page will help our community know where we stand on accessibility, our limits (such as third party vendor tools) and who to contact if they need assistance.

AU Welcomes Newest Class of Eagles

American University News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 00:00
The Class of 2019 is a diverse and academically outstanding group of students.
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SPA's IZA Research Fellows

American University News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 00:00
Three School of Public Affairs faculty members have been named Research Fellows by the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany.
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Kogod Student Works Hard but Networks Harder at the Cannes Film Festival

American University News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 00:00
The playground of the rich and famous welcomed a new face this year. Business and entertainment minor Sarah Liebman, SOC/BA ’17, interned at the prestigious festival.
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Fall 2015's New SPA Faculty and Visiting Scholars

American University News - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 00:00
The School of Public Affairs is pleased to welcome new faculty members and visiting scholars.
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Winning Essay - 2015 Alumni Association Scholarship

American University News - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 00:00
Sirah Bah, Class of 2019, submitted this essay describing how her father's student experience influenced her own decision to attend AU. This was one of the requirements to apply for the Alumni Association Scholarship.
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Kogod Faculty Testify Before Congress

American University News - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 00:00
Kogod tax representatives testify before Congress seeking simplified regulations for digital entrepreneurs.
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Meet Sirah Bah, recipient of the 2015 AU Alumni Association Scholarship

American University News - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 00:00
Sirah is a legacy student whose father attended AU in the ’80s.
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American University Presents Research on Social Media, Big Data at AEJMC

American University News - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 00:00
Recent AU SOC graduates will present alongside eleven faculty members and the senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
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President Obama Channels JFK at AU

American University News - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 00:00
President urged resisting “drum beat of war.”
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The Mushroom Cloud

American University News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 00:00
For the 70th anniversary of Hiroshima, CAS professor examines and criticizes the decision to use the bomb.
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American University School of Communication Hosts UFVA 2015 Conference

American University News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 00:00
SOC has a strong presence at the conference, with 14 faculty members and 10 graduate students participating in more than two dozen sessions, including film screenings, panels and workshops.
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lynda.gmu.edu launches at Mason!

George Mason University - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 09:52

George Mason University Information Technology Services (ITS) and University Libraries are pleased to announce that Mason has partnered with lynda.com to provide free and unlimited online training resources to Mason students, faculty, and staff.

Use lynda.gmu.edu to access Mason’s university-wide subscription to the entire library of more than 2,000 videos on a broad range of subjects.

Tutorials cover specific software, business skills, photography, music and video editing and production, animation, web design and development – and more. Available 24/7 from your computer, tablet or mobile device, go to lynda.gmu.edu and enter your Mason username and password. Log in and learn!

On Monday, August 10, the .lynda.gmu.edu.module goes live on myMason. During BYTE week, ITS will offer sessions; libraries on all campuses will offer lynda.gmu.edu sessions August 31 – September 18. Need technical help? ITS Support Center will provide assistance.

Learn. Grow. Do. lynda.gmu.edu

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Preparing for the National Churchill Library & Center

The George Washington University - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 08:58
August 3, 2015

With construction of the National Churchill Library and Center scheduled to begin in the Fall, we are making some changes before the fall semester begins to prepare. Many of the public computers currently located 1st floor are being moved to the 3rd floor. To preserve the total number of seats available in the building, this move will cause some other changes on the 3rd floor. All bound journals will be integrated into the book stacks on other floors and the microfilm and microfische collections are being partially moved to off-site storage, with the rest moving to the previous location of the bound journals.

Bound journals will be easier than ever to find one this move is complete! However, for the month of August you will find bound journals located on public storage shelves on the 4th, 5th, and 6th floors as indicated below. These shelves are located along the wall immediately to the right when entering the stacks. If you need help locating a bound journal, please ask for assistance at any service desk on the entrance floor.

4th floor 5th floor 6th floor Ancient World American Art Review ACI Materials Journal Antioch Review American Artist AGNI Review Antiquity American Ceramics American Ceramic Society Journal Archaeology American Craft American Cinematography Archaologischer Anzeiger Antike Kunst American Photo Ballet Review Apollo American Theatre Black Renaissance Architectual Digest Antaeus Bulletin de Correspondance Hellenique Architectual Review Aperture Chicago Review Architectural Record Art International Contact Quarterly Architecture Beloit Fiction Journal Dance Magazine Archivo Esponol De Arte Beloit Poetry Journal Dance Teacher Now Art & Antiques Boulevard Diplomatic History Art Bulletin Cahiers du Cinema German Life & Letters Art Criticism Ceramics Monthly Harper's Magazine Art in America Cineaste Historic Illinois Art News Comic Journal Kenyon Review Art on Paper Field Literary Review Artforum Fields and Quanta Muse Artforum International Film Comment Museum News Arts Magazine Fine Homebulding Nation Arts of Asia Grand Street OUD-Holland Bollettino D'Arte Graphic Arts Momthly Paris Review Bulletin Monumental History of Photography Poetry Northwest Burlington Magazine International Journal of Comic Art Prairie Schooner Callaloo Iowa Review Raritan Classical Outlook Journal of Slavic Military Studies Revue Archeologique Communication Arts New England Review Salmagundi Connoisseur New Letters Sewanee Review Ethnomusicology Paideuma South Dakota Flash Art Parnassus (Poetry Review) Southwest Review Fontes Artis Musicae Poet Lore The Georgia Review Gazette des Beaux-Arts Poetry Washingtonian Goya Poetry East Yale Review Gramophone Poets & Writers   Graphics Popular Photography   Living Blues Print   Magazine Antiques Quarterly West   Master Drawings River Styx   Monatshefte Sagetrieb   Ploughshares Screen   Progressive Architecture Seneca Review   Riba Journal Studies in History of Gardens & Designed Landscapes   Sculpture Review Triquarterly   Word & Images     World Music     World of Music (2)  

 

 

 

Students' Startup Delivers News2Share

American University News - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 00:00
"Between our work and the public’s submissions, we hope to push the news-cycle in a more user-driven direction," says communication student Ford Fischer.
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The Real World Effects of Reproductive Rights Decisions

American University News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 00:00
SPA Associate Dean Jessica Waters and Ph.D. Student Leandra Carrasco recently published the article "Untagling the Reproductive Rights and Religious Liberty Knot" in the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism.
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Take a Break from the Heat with these Sea-Themed Film Selections

American University News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 00:00
Take a trip to the beach without ever leaving DC! Library Media Services has a great selection of films waiting to transport you to the sea or shore.
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